Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 6, 2017. Come to “Beginning Birding for All” open house, Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for help with all things birds! For basic bird identifications – and tricky ones, too -, choosing binoculars, bird feeding and feeder tips, local bird checklists and more. Birders of all levels are welcome.
Make a bird feeder to take home, play the beaks game, examine the size and mass of birds and other activities with our Beginning Birding For Kids. Join our naturalists for Beginning Birding Hike at 9 a.m.
“Beginning Birding for All” is free and for all ages. Call or email to register for the event. Additional parking is available at New Community Church just north of the nature center.
The “Beginning Birding for All” event is sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The TCAS mission is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of birds, to educate adults and children concerning our natural environment, to preserve, protect and restore wildlife habitat, and create awareness of local conservation issues. Find information on TCAS meetings, field trips and membership at www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.
The Thorn Creek event will prepare you for participating in the Great Backyard Birding count – an annual count hosted by Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Across America and Canada people watch and count birds with the results providing a snapshot of the whereabouts of more than 600 bird species. “When thousands of people all tell us what they’re seeing, we can detect patterns in how birds are faring from year to year,” said Janis Dickinson, director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Anyone can be part of the GBB Count! It’s easy. Just watch and count birds in your backyard or on the trail for at least 15 minutes, then report what you saw at www.birdcount.org for the GBBC days February 17 through 20.
Thorn Creek Nature Woods Nature Preserve is located at 247 Monee Road, Park Forest. For more information or to register for programs, please call 708-747-6320 or email [email protected]. Visit our website at www.tcwoods.org.
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